What's Growing on That Roof?

Yuk. What IS that? Would you believe it's a real wood roof? Under all that green mold, lichen, algae, fungus and "furry stuff" lies a decaying wood roof.

While a very few people might call this roof "charming" or say that it has "character," smart homeowners know that this roof is trouble. Mother Nature's elements have taken over the roof, making it a hazardous problem.

 

It's fine to love the look of a real wood roof, but be sensible when selecting your roofing product.

Simulated shake roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes offers the look of real shake shingles, but none of the maintenance hassles. Our fake cedar shake roofing resists the growth of algae, fungus and mold so that you never have to worry about trying to figure out how to scrape off unsightly messy growths.
 

The realistic-looking shake roofing materials manufactured at DaVinci provide peace-of-mind for homeowners. Backed by a lifetime limited warranty, our fire- and impact-resistant composite shake tiles come in 50 different colors and a wide assortment of color blends.

 

 

For more details on our easy-care shake shingles that maintain the look of cedar shake roofing for decades to come, visit Simulated Shake Roofing Without the Hassles of Real Cedar Roofing and Composite Roofing Resists Mold.

 

 

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Wood You Burn Your House Down?

Here's an easy question: What do you burn in your fireplace? The answer, of course, is wood. So if wood ignites quickly, why would you put it on your roof?

We agree that real cedar shakes look great on a roof, but why have a product installed that could put your home and family at risk? Even if treated, cedar shingles are still a product that can deteriorate over time and requires lots of ongoing maintenance.

Fake ShakeNow the solution: Class A Fire Rated shake roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes.

Carefully crafted to look like real cedar roofing, synthetic shake roofing from DaVinci has all the features you've ever dreamed of in a roof. It resists impact, high winds, insects, termites, fungus and algae. And, did we mention it's fire resistant? Even if the wind blows embers on to the simulated shake roofing, they won't "catch" and spread.

Want another reason to consider hand-split fake cedar shake shingles? The colors. At DaVinci, we offer 50 standard roofing colors, plus an assortment of realistic color blends. Many of our VariBlend color combinations feature four variations of a color --- including light, medium light, medium and dark --- to naturally replicate the look of real cedar. You'll find these colors available in shades of  brown, gray, autumn and blue-gray. (See Shaking Up Your Roof with Unlimited Possibilities)

Deep shadow lines, multiple widths that create a natural, non-repeating appearance and both straight and wavy grains for an authentic look ... what more could you want from an eco-friendly, fire-resistant roof?

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Synthetic Shake Beats Out Real Shake

It can be tiring to own real cedar shake roofing. There are cedar roof shingles that need replacing from time to time due to popping or warping, and insect infestations need to be dealt with regularly.

For Dave and Jeannie Schwab, the effort of cleaning and applying shake oil to their massive cedar shake roof every five years or so eventually wore them down. They loved the look of shake on their home, but hated the maintenance aspects.

"Our home was built in 1993 and there's a lot of roofing involved in its design," says Dave Schwab. "Eventually the roof really needed to be replaced. We liked how the natural cedar roofing looked on the house, but when we went shopping for a new roof we wanted a cedar shake alternative."

The Schwabs discovered DaVinci Roofscapes composite shake roofing tiles and were sold.

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"The authentic appearance of the DaVinci fake cedar shake sold us right away," says Schwab. "Then you add in the Class A Fire Rating, the impact resistance and the lifetime limited warranty and it was easy to make our decision."

The large roof on the Schwab home is broken up visually by seven skylights and the addition of decorative European-designed ridge vents. The DaVinci Multi-Width roof, in the Mountain blend, now covers the home and attached three-car garage.

"Every time I pull up to the house I still get a 'wow' experience," says Schwab. "The color is perfect for our home. It looks so natural, yet we know we'll never again have to spend another hour maintaining this roof. That's the real joy of selecting synthetic shake shingles."

Discover why The Switch is On! ... and how you can Invest in Your Roof with synthetic shake roofing materials!

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Bee-ware of Cedar Shake Roofing!

Nestled amongst 26 wooded acres in Mentor, Ohio you'll find the Deepwood North apartment complex. Twelve separate buildings are home to about 200 apartment units.

A distinctive element of the design of the buildings are the mansard roofs that extend vertically from the top of the first floor up to the top of the second floor. An attractive decorative detail of the complex, these siding/roofs were originally covered in real cedar shake shingles.

With time, the cedar roofing rotted and became infested with thousands of bees. That's when it became apparent a solution was needed.

"The owners realized they were spending a lot of money year after year repairing and treating the old wood shakes," says Todd Runyon, president of Runyon and Sons Roofing out of Mentor, Ohio. "The apartment owners wanted to maintain the look and character of the original wood shake design without having all of the future maintenance work.

"Once they saw the Bellaforté Shake synthetic shake shingles they fell in love with the look and functionality. We've previously done another roof project with DaVinci composite roofing and we're seeing more and more opportunities for these imitation slate and composite shake products in the marketplace."

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Working through rough Cleveland winter weather, the re-roofing project took seven months for Runyon and his team. Along the way they created unique flashings around the windows and the second floor balcony doors.

"The new fake cedar shake shingles transform and update the look of the entire apartment complex," says Runyon. "Best of all, the apartment owners will have decades of no maintenance hassles ... plus no bees!"

Bellaforté Shake Roofs Top 207 Covington Creek Condos and Colorado Townhome Community Topped with DaVinci Roofscapes Composite Shake Tiles tell the stories of other multi-family housing locations that made the smart choice to invest in polymer roofing from DaVinci!

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DaVinci Roofscapes Recycles 365 Days a Year

In 1988 President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation declaring June as National Recycling Month. The goal was to draw attention to the benefits of recycling, with one of the chief benefits being the diversion of waste from landfills.  

Sustainable RoofAt  DaVinci Roofscapes, we're completely behind recycling efforts --- not just in June, but every month of the year.

During Earth Day this past April, DaVinci announced that our company recycled more than 800,000 pounds of polymer in 2015 (see 2016 Earth Day: DaVinci Roofscapes Recycled 800,000 Pounds of Polymer Last Year). Now we've taken extra steps to enhance the scrap material recycling of our imitation slate shingles and fake cedar shake tiles. We're on track to recycle more than a million pounds of scrap in 2016.

Why do we have this much waste? Chiefly because we offer so many colors of our composite roofing product (see 50 Shades of DaVinci).

Every time we switch color runs in the manufacturing process of our composite roofing products there's a "run off" of product as one color ends and the new color begins. As the colors transition, the tiles are off spec and are recycled. These tiles are segregated by color and then ground up and molded into starter shingles, which are generally unseen on the roof.

The important aspect here is that every roof shingle we manufacture is 100 percent recyclable, so our manufacturing operations are very environmentally-friendly. Not one roof tile ends up in a landfill. That's something we celebrate during National Recycling Month and every day at DaVinci.      

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Fake Cedar Shake Roofs Top Historical Projects

History is repeating itself ... this time at the Governor Ross Mansion in Delaware.

Fake Cedar ShakeEarly in 2015 the Seaford Historical Society decided it was time to replace the old roof on the Victorian Italianate mansion where Governor William Henry Harrison Ross lived in the 1850s. The brick home, featuring a three-story tower, is a testament to gentile southern living before Civil War times.

In their search for an authentic roof replacement, French & Ryan Architects recommended a Fancy Shake roof to the historical society. A Tahoe blend of five shades of brownish tones weaves together to create a stunning designer roof on the restored mansion.

So, why do we say history is repeating itself?

Because, at DaVinci Roofscapes, our composite shake roofing tiles can be found on a variety of historical projects.  From the 1881 First Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville, Oregon  to the Animus Museum in Durango, Colorado, synthetic shake roofing from DaVinci has been repeatedly selected for historic preservation projects across the country. (see Historical Sites Rely on Polymer Roofing)

If you have an older project that needs the look of real cedar shakes without the hassles of insects, algae and the potential for hail or fire damage, it's time to check out the variety of polymer shake options from DaVinci with their lifetime limited warranty. It's a history lesson worth repeating!

 

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Windy Weather? You Need DaVinci Roofscapes

Spring storms come fast and hard in the Midwest. This is the time of year when Midwesterners have to hunker down and prepare for the worst.

That's exactly what happened last year to homeowners Thomas and Tammy Ritchie in Wichita, Kansas.

"Our house was hit last Spring by 100mph winds, or possibly a small twister," says Tammy Ritchie. "We lost a good chunk of our concrete roof and ended up getting replacement roof appraisals from three different companies.

Fake Shake"We decided to invest in a Bellaforté Shake synthetic roof from DaVinci Roofscapes. We were impressed by how well this shake alternative roof tested against 100+ mph winds and it looked truly authentic. The added bonus is that our insurance company, Farm Bureau, offers us a yearly discount on our homeowners insurance with this fake cedar shake roof."

Bellaforté Shake polymer roofing tiles feature a leading edge tab that secures every tile to drastically improve wind performance. The composite shake tiles have passed the ASTM D 3161 test for 110 mph wind resistance, along with the UL 2218 testing for Class 4 impact resistance. (See Huff and Puff ... and DON'T Blow Composite Roofing AwayThe designer roof has a lifetime limited material warranty and a Class A fire rating.

The Ritchies relied on Heiland Roofing and Exteriors to install their new synthetic shake roof. "Heiland did an amazing job," says Ritchie. "We wouldn't change one thing about our decision to hire them.

"The team cleaned up the entire work area every night and left things neat and tidy. The workers were polite and professional, and Mike Heiland kept us informed throughout the entire job of his progress."

According to Ritchie, the entire experience turned from a windy, bad mess to a positive move for the homeowners. "The roof looks great and I love knowing that it has passed the test to resist the crazy winds we get here in Kansas," says Ritchie. "Now we have a reliable roof overhead and we're saving on our insurance premiums!"

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Tips for Solar Panel Installations on Polymer Roofing

How green are you? If you're like many environmentally-conscious homeowners, it's not enough to recycle your newspapers and compost old banana peels and coffee grinds. You may want to go "off the grid" by including solar panels in your roofing system.

Eco-Friendly RoofGetting from the "idea" of having solar panels on your roof to actually incorporating them on your home is a big step. You'll probably wish to consult a licensed PV/solar installer with a General Contractors license. This person will need a licensed electrician on the team to wire the panels and get the panels inspected once installed.

The good news is that you can include solar panels on your DaVinci Roofscapes composite roofing!

According to Tyler Storfa, DaVinci's Western Technical Services Manager (see On the Road with DaVinci's Tyler Storfa) it's not any more difficult to include solar panels with polymer roofing than with most other roofing materials, and it's actually easier than including panels with more ridged roofing products like natural slate, clay and concrete tile.

Here are some insights from Tyler that can help get you started:

Tip #1 - When having a mounting system for solar panels installed, make sure anything that penetrates the tiles is flashed appropriately. Most systems need "L" type brackets to be lag bolded into rafters to hold a rail system that the solar panels are mounted on.  The "L" brackets have to be attached both under and through our simulated shake and imitation slate products. This is the area that needs to be properly flashed.

Tip #2 - Contractors can rest easier when walking on DaVinci's green roof systems. Our synthetic roofing material will not break when walked on, so it's actually a bit easier to make solar panel installations.

For more insights on solar panel installations on fake slate and cedar shake alternative roofs, see From the Architects Corner - Solar Panels.

 

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New Roof in New Year? We've Got You Covered!

Does a new year mean there's a new roof in your future? If that's the case, then DaVinci Roofscapes can help.

There's no better time to invest in polymer roofing from DaVinci. Why? Because we recently enhanced the profiles of all our simulated slate roofing products. The new refined profile has a more quarried look that closely resembles natural slate. You can choose from:

DaVinci Roofscapes Multi-Width Slate - Available in 12", 10", 9", 7" and 6" widths, bundles of the sustainable roofing product arrive at the job site pre-sorted by color and size, eliminating on-site sorting and guesswork. The composite slate is crafted to display rough edges and natural stone-like surface textures and comes at an impressive 1/2" tile thickness.

Bellaforté Slate - Includes a leading edge tab and a self-aligning ledge to help reduce the installation time for the composite slate products. A square of Bellaforté slate roof shingles (with 100 pieces per square) weighs just 190 pounds. This lower tile weight helps reduce installation time and transportation costs.

Single-Width Slate - Offers exceptional aesthetics and performance at a value-driven price point. These imitation slate tiles are available in a 12" tile width with a 1/2" thickness and are modeled after natural slate pieces.

 

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If a synthetic shake roof is in your future, you've also come to the right place. Our fake cedar shake tiles have been created as an exact duplication of real wood shakes. Thanks to their authenticity, composite shake roofing is our best selling product. Just look at all the options we offer:

DaVinci Multi-Width Shake - Available in 9", 8", 7", 6" and 4" widths along with a virtually limitless color palette, the multi-width cedar shake roof features both wavy and straight grains throughout the blend for an authentic appearance. Multiple widths of the 5/8" profile on the tiles help create a more natural, non-repeating appearance that can be laid in either a straight or staggered pattern.

Single-Width Shake - 9" tile width offers exceptional aesthetics and performance at a value-driven price point.

Bellaforté Shake - Features a leading edge tab and a self-aligning ledge, which help reduce the installation time for the products. At a one-inch average tile thickness, Bellaforté Shake roofing tiles are reminiscent of natural jumbo shakes.

DaVinci Fancy Shake - Luxury roof tiles provide a more refined cedar look when compared to traditional hand-split shake. With the clean, smooth look of a machine-sawn shake, Fancy Shake is available in 12", 7" and 5" widths with a tile thickness of 7/16". Using multiple widths helps create a more natural, non-repeating appearance that can be laid at a straight or staggered pattern.

 

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Need more help? No problem! See Shaking Up Your Roof with Unlimited Possibilities and Don't Panic! DaVinci Roofscapes Has The Answer.

 

 

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Sleep Secure with Composite Shake Shingles Overhead

"Burn, Baby Burn" is definitely NOT the theme song for the 2015 Fire Prevention Week. Instead, it's a very sensible message of "Hear the Beep Where You Sleep."

Fake Shake RoofWhile the National Fire Protection Association focuses primarily on fire safety within the home and the strategic placement of smoke detectors, it's important to also think about keep your home exterior safe from the spread of fire.

If you have real cedar roof shingles, you should be extra cautious. Wood shake roofs tend to have a faster flame spread than simulated shake roofing. The video showing fire testing of cedar shake roofing compared to composite shake roofing materials from DaVinci Roofscapes (click HERE to see video) shows that in less than 15 minutes, a real cedar shake roof can completely go up in smoke ... whereas a Class A Fire Rated DaVinci  fake cedar shake roof doesn't tolerate flame spread.

Here's the important message during Fire Prevention Week: composite shake roofing from DaVinci looks like natural cedar shake, but it has a Class A fire rating that proves it resists burning. That's especially important if you live in drought-stricken areas of the country where wildfires are prevalent.

For more details on composite roofing that refuses to burn, see Help Deter Wildfire Spread with DaVinci Class A Fire Rated Polymer Roof Tiles.

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Composite Shake Roofs "Shake Up" Wichita Neighborhood

After five years of hail and storms that damaged her cedar shake roof, Anita Jones decided it was time for a change.

"There was never enough damage to allow my insurance company to agree to any financial help with a new roof," says Jones, a Wichita, Kansas homeowner. "I had to do something about my roof on my own --- and I'm glad I did."

Jones admired a neighbor's polymer shake roof from DaVinci Roofscapes. After doing her research and securing Heiland Roofing to complete the job, she now sleeps better at night with her new Bellaforté Shake roof overhead.

"Since the installation of my DaVinci roof we've had several storms including some golf ball sized hail and high winds, yet I have had no damage at all," reports Jones. "A neighbor who has envied my composite shake roof since it was finished called to tell me she had enough roof hail damage from a storm on her almost-new shake roof to get a new roof. She was thrilled at the possibility of a DaVinci roof."

Along with the impact resistance of her fake cedar shake roof, Jones also likes the overall aesthetics of the roof. "This roof suits the design of my home and I love the Mountain blend of three shades of brown colors," says Jones. "I was quickly the envy of the neighborhood with my new DaVinci roof.

 

"At least four of my neighbors replaced their roofs with DaVinci roofs after mine was completed and they're also very pleased with the quality and style. When my roof was first installed I would sit in my driveway as I drove in and just ADMIRE my new roof. I'm so proud of it!"

Learn more about another Happy Homeowner Sings Praises of DaVinci Roofscapes Synthetic Shake Roofing who loves her cedar shake alternative roof!

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DaVinci Synthetic Roofing Material Can Stand the Test of Time

Summer has always been my favorite time of the year. It invokes childhood memories of the days I used to spend at my grandmother’s house in north Louisiana. There was a grocery store down the road called the Dixie Dandy and their chocolate covered ice cream bars were the best ever!

The heat was sweltering, but we never stayed inside. I mean, come on! It’s summer vacation! I played outside from dawn to dusk.

One of the craziest things I remember was how, on a hot day, a storm blew in rather suddenly, and even though the thermometer was showing 90-degrees, big nuggets of ice started raining down from the sky! Hail storm!! Yes, that was summer down south.

Eco-Blend Fake SlateI had the opportunity to re-visit that small Louisiana town recently, and between the scorching sun, many more hail storms and the strong winds that accompanied them, I noticed many of the houses were looking a little worse for the wear, especially the roofs.

It’s unreal what Mother Nature can do to a traditional shingle, slate or cedar shake roof. Curled edges, missing tabs, faded colors, cracked and split edges…..if this describes your roof, then it’s past time for a change.

Before spending your hard-earned money on another rooftop that starts to degrade the minute it’s sitting out in the elements, do a little homework and look into low-maintenance polymer roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes.

All those natural elements I talked about don’t stand a chance against a synthetic shake or composite slate roof. These lightweight roofing tiles are fade-resistant and the color runs completely through them.

Hail stones the size of golf balls? Not a dent! Hurricane force winds? They won’t budge! Aside from the fact that a polymer roof is going to last longer, it’s also going to look better and stay that way for years beyond that of a traditional roof. This is an added bonus, because it adds value and curb appeal to your home. (See Superman Roofs)

By the way, there’s a big difference between “standing out” and “sticking out” (like a sore thumb) and a composite slate roof  or simulated shake roofing from DaVinci stands out.

I would defy anyone to drive down the road and be able to tell the difference between a DaVinci fake slate roof and genuine slate, or DaVinci composite shake and a true cedar shake roofing. It looks that good!

One final thought to consider when choosing which product is right for you. DaVinci’s EcoBlend tiles have an Energy Star rated version called Cool Roof that actually helps reflect sun and heat away from the roof which, in turn, will reduce the load on your AC. That means your roof can positively impact your home's energy efficiency, the lifespan of your cooling unit AND help reduce power consumption to keep the house cool.

The moral of my story? Time will march on. I’m not a kid anymore…the recipe for the perfect Dixie Dandy ice cream bar is gone forever…but the right synthetic roofing material will stand the test of time well into the future.

Allen Lyle
Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford
Radio Show Co-Host - See more at: http://blog.davinciroofscapes.com/blog/friends-and-partners#sthash.Wt3sffvV.dpuf

Allen Lyle
Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford
Radio Show Co-Host

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Happy National Roofing Week!

The National Roofing Contractors Association has designated July 5 - 11 as the Second Annual National Roofing Week. The special focus on this week is the importance of hiring professional roofing contractors and making informed decisions about maintaining or replacing a roof system.

As we talk about regularly, the roof is one of the most important components on a home or business. If a roof fails, whether due to storm damage or old age, the entire structure is compromised. That's why DaVinci Roofscapes recommends that you make it a yearly goal to examine and evaluate your roof --- and what better time to do so than National Roofing Week!

We've shared these tips before, but they're worth repeating:

Fake Cedar ShakeTip #1 - If you're able to easily see all areas of your roof yourself, use either a ladder or binoculars from across the street, and look for problem areas. Missing or broken shingles or shingles "flapping" in the wind are all signs that your roof needs immediate help.

Tip #2 - If you have steep slope roofing or a roof with multiple valleys, or you're not able to see all areas of your roof, then hire a professional roofing contractor to inspect your roof. They have the proper safety equipment to accurately inspect your roof and know exactly how to look for rodent and animal damage around chimneys along with worn out areas of the roof.

Tip #3 - Check the sides of your roof. The southern exposure weathers significantly faster than the other sides of the roof, so make sure to carefully examine this area. Also, shallower pitches weather faster than steeper pitches. So again, if your roof has a shallow pitch --- like a shed dormer --- make certain you can clearly see it to get a true indication of the condition of your roof. If you have a real cedar roof, consider your geographic location.

Tip #4 - Consider your geography. If you live in areas prone to hail, then impact resistant polymer roofing is a great choice. Or, if you live in the western portion of the country where wildfires are a problem, then having Class A Fire Rated imitation slate or simulated shake roofing is a great choice. Along with helping protect the home, these fake cedar shake and slate alternative roofs oftentimes come with a homeowner insurance discount.

Need more tips? Check out 6 Signs of a Failing Roof: How to Tell if You Need a New Roof.
 

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DaVinci Roofscapes Shake Alternative Roof Gains HOA Approval

After more than two decades, the cedar roofing on Jim and Janice Steinlage's home had become faded and was simply worn out. Eager to get the same cedar shake roof look for their Kansas home but with a longer lifespan, Jim Steinlage hit the Internet to research his options. That's where he discovered DaVinci Roofscapes.

Fake Cedar ShakeAfter deciding to invest in composite shake roofing, the couple's next hurdle was their homeowner's association.

"The most challenging part about this process was getting our HOA to approve our synthetic shake selection since we were the first in our community to request this type of polymer roofing," says Steinlage. "After getting them materials and details on quality references, we were happy that the approval went through within three weeks.

"We were the first in our community to get simulated shake roofing, but we're betting we won't be the last!"

What was the easiest part of the re-roofing process for the Steinlages? "Selecting the shake roofing materials that were perfect for our home," reports Steinlage. "The selections and quality available from DaVinci were great, and we chose a Bellaforté Shake in the Tahoe-VariBlend to match the color of our home and our landscaping.

"Everyone thinks the fake cedar shake on the roof looks awesome. We've told several people that this product looks great, is of great quality and has a terrific long-term warranty that means this is the last roof we'll ever put on our home!"

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Home Improvement Month Tips for Your Roof

The focus in May during Home Improvement Month for many homeowners should start at the top of the house. That's the advice of home improvement expert Allen Lyle with Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford.

"The roof is the most essential item that helps protect your home and its contents, so you want to place a priority on its care," says Lyle, co-host of the Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford radio show.

Lyle suggests homeowners hire professional roofers or roofing inspectors to evaluate roofs after major storms or with older homes. (see also Worried? Sleep Easier with a DaVinci Roof Overhead)

Fake SlateFor homeowners doing their own evaluation he recommends the following:

Tip 1 - Make sure to inspect your roof on a windy day. That's when you're most likely to see broken tiles or those not secured properly because they'll be “flapping” in the wind.

Tip 2 - Take a pair of binoculars and "inspect" your roof from all angles around your house. Look for missing or damaged tiles that may indicate the life of your roof is coming to an end. If that's the case, consider a replacement eco friendly roof made of polymer roofing tiles, like those from DaVinci Roofscapes, that offer long-lasting beauty and durability, without maintenance hassles.

Tip 3 - If you have asphalt shingles, when you clean out your gutters, look to see how many asphalt granules are in the gutter. An abundance of shingle granule residue means your roofing product is starting to break down and fail, which may mean a new roof is in your future.

Tip 4 - To view and fix problem areas yourself, use caution on the roof and with ladders. Always work with at least one other person and take special care with tools brought onto the roof to secure them.

Tip 5 - When severe weather or a hail storm comes through your area, note the date and time immediately. If you think your roof has been damaged, contact your insurance agent first. There's no need to contact a roofer. Your insurance company will send their own inspector to evaluate any damage that may have occurred.

"All areas of the country are subject to severe weather of different kinds," says Lyle. "From strong winds to wildfires to hail, our roofs take a battering from Mother Nature. One of the best way to protect your home is to invest in a roof that can stand up to the elements and has a long, solid warranty.

"I've put some composite slate and synthetic shake roofing tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes through my own tests. I've burned them with a blow torch, frozen them, pounded on them with a baseball bat and they still look like new. That's the advantage of having an advanced man-made product on your roof. These synthetic roofing tiles are a real asset for any home."

See Allen put synthetic slate shingles and fake cedar shake shingles through his tests by viewing the video below or by clicking HERE.

 

 

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Rest, Relaxation and Roofing

A place to unpack, relax and lay down after a busy day. That's what most hotels offer their guests. But, at the Beach Terrace Inn and Hotel Breakers, they also offer a designer roof overhead from DaVinci Roofscapes that boasts a Class A Fire Rating for added peace of mind.

The eco friendly roof on the Beach Terrace Inn is almost as picturesque as the calming Pacific Ocean waters just a few feet from the California hotel. Fake SlateSimulated slate roofing atop the 48 rooms in an Aberdeen blend of stone, gray, brown, green and purple shades, offers an eye-pleasing appeal to the structure. And, the easy-care polymer roofing resists the damages of salt air and sea spray, so the fake slate roof always looks its best.

Also located on restful waters, the Hotel Breakers sits between Lake Erie and Cedar Point amusement park in Ohio. The historic hotel is now in the second phase of having Bellaforté synthetic slate roofing installed over the entire hotel complex. (see Cedar Point Hotel Gets Bellaforté Roof)

"One of the chief reasons Bellaforté slate roofing tiles were chosen for the Hotel Breakers re-roofing project originally was because the installation could be done in cold weather without having to warm the polymer roof tiles before installation," says Jim Carson, vice president of A-STAR, the roofing company in charge of installing both phases of the imitation slate roof.

While the Union Printers Home in Colorado Springs had similar cold weather concerns when installing DaVinci composite roofing on their 1892 historic structure for 120 assisted living residents, there are those lucky hospitality projects, like the Westin St. John Villas Timeshare, that have no worries. Located in the tropical paradise of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Bellaforté Shake tile roofs were installed by people in shorts --- not in snowsuits!

Need more details on our lightweight roofing materials used on hotels? Then Check Out DaVinci Roofs on Hotels!

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Is it Real or is It DaVinci?

"There's not a week that goes by when someone passing by doesn't remark on our 'real slate' roof. I enjoy explaining about the benefits of our DaVinci polymer roof and have no worries now about future storms in our area. This roof can handle it."  Michael Klappa, a resident of the Lionsgate community in Overland Park, Kansas

At DaVinci Roofscapes, we hear this kind of comment quite a bit. People are actually surprised that our imitation slate roofing tiles look so close to the real thing that they can't tell the difference between what's real and what's composite roofing.

We take that as a compliment. After all, we're constantly seeking to improve the authentic profiles of our fake slate and composite shake roofing. The closer they look to natural slate and cedar roofing, the better they'll look on the home.

Try it for yourself ... which of these pictures is real slate and which is manufactured slate?

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Did you guess the second one as real slate? Then we fooled you ... actually, the third one is natural slate while the first two images show our DaVinci synthetic slate roof shingles.

While pictures can be tricky, there's no kidding around when it comes to the benefits of simulated slate roofing over a natural slate tile roof. Our man-made product features lightweight roofing tiles that install faster and easier than heavy natural slate, plus they provide maintenance-free peace-of-mind for homeowners for decades. (See To Slate, or Not to Slate ... That is the Question)

So, if you're ready to invest in a new luxury roof and have slate roof tiles on your mind, visit our comparison chart to learn the many benefits of synthetic slate roofing.

 

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Composite Shake DaVinci Tiles Selected By Missouri Community

The Compton family served as the "neighborhood guinea pigs" in 2014 when the architectural review committee of their homeowners association decided to allow polymer roofing as an option on homes in their Missouri community.

"We volunteered our house to display examples of two shades of the Bellaforté Shake composite shake roofing from DaVinci Roofscapes," says Robert Compton. "This worked out great for us because we wanted to see exactly which simulated shake roofing color looked best on our house."

Neighbors flooded the Compton property to see the sustainable roofing product samples and options that Cardinal Contractors had set up on site. "We previously had cedar shake roof shingles that were a hassle to maintain," says Compton. "There were several features about the DaVinci shake shingles that appealed to us. We liked the improved performance over real cedar in terms of fire and impact ratings.

"We're very pleased with the Bellaforté product. One of our neighbors had their roof replaced with real cedar shake roofing just a year ago and it already appears to need cleaning. We expect our roof to maintain the current appearance for years to come."

The Comptons have led the way in the neighborhood as residents make the change to synthetic roof material. "Three of our immediate neighbors had the same DaVinci product installed on their own homes and we know of one more that will probably do so in the near future," says Compton. "Since we served as the 'guinea pig' in the community I've gotten to know many of our neighbors better. Many of them have been overwhelmingly supportive of the community's move to allow these fake cedar shake shingles for our designer roofs."

 

For more neighborhood roofing stories, see Roof Envy - A Tale of Two Roofs and Why You Should Care that DaVinci Polymer Roofs are Used on Condo Communities.

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Freeze/Thaw No Trouble for DaVinci Polymer Roofing

5 degrees in Nashville. -2 degrees in Atlanta. This past winter's deep freeze stretched far deeper into the South than usual. The good news is that, when these temperatures "heated up" to the 20's and 30's, roofers were back out installing DaVinci Roofscapes polymer roofing materials. (See Bone-Chilling Polymer Roofing Installations)

Polymer RoofingWhat those southern roofers might not know --- because they don't always experience extreme temperature conditions --- is that DaVinci composite roofing materials are designed to be installed in areas where freeze-thaw conditions are common. These hard-working imitation slate and synthetic shake products don't absorb water so there aren’t the same freeze thaw issues that some roofing materials have.That means that even if a DaVinci roof has moisture on it, there will be no damage during freeze-thaw cycles like cracking or splitting of tiles.

Made of 100% virgin polymer resin, simulated shake roofing and composite slate tiles from DaVinci don't react the same to colder weather conditions as natural roof products. For example, a wood shake roof goes through freeze/thaw cycles constantly in some weather environments. This means that it is common to see cracking and splitting on some cedar roofs. In some areas of the country, the daylight to nightfall temperature swings alone can cause damage to cedar shake roofing. (See DaVinci Shake is the Best Fake Cedar Shake on the Market)

In addition, DaVinci plastic roofing materials are very thermally stable. A 12" synthetic slate roof tile expands just 1/12" with a 100 degree temperature swing. Thanks to this engineering feat, you don't get the buckling or movement with a DaVinci tile that can put strain on fasteners as with some other products.

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DaVinci Roofscapes Prize Winner!

Look up the word "lucky" in the dictionary and you might see a picture of Dan Garnaat in there.

The Arkansas homeowner once won $10,000 in the Powerball lottery AND he won one of the grand prizes in the 2014 The Great TOH Giveaway --- a free DaVinci Roofscapes eco-friendly roof!

"My ranch-style home was built in 2000 and the roof had been showing signs of wear recently," says Garnaat. "I had noticed a fair amount of asphalt shingle aggregate in the gutters lately, which is never good because it means the shingles were starting to fail. I was hoping to put off getting a new roof because I just had to replace my heating and air system, which was costly. This synthetic shake roofing prize from This Old House magazine and DaVinci came at just the right time!"

Garnaat selected a Bellaforté Shake designer roof as his grand prize. To complement his single-level home he chose the composite shake roofing in the Tahoe-VariBlend combination of Light Tahoe, Medium Light Tahoe, Medium Tahoe and Medium Dark Tahoe.

"The crew from Foster Roofing stripped the old roof off and installed the new synthetic shake shingles in a little over six hours," says Garnaat. "I'm really happy with the look of this fake cedar shake product. I even have enough leftover synthetic cedar shake shingles to cover the dog house!

"I've had many good comments on this new shake roofing materials from others. When I tell them that the product is Class A Fired Rated, resists impact and has a lifetime limited materials warranty they're even more impressed!"

For another winner's story see DaVinci Roofscapes WINNER Share Her Experience.

 

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